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Amazing Grace Ale - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

139 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 130
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Blended Ale aged in French Oak Red Wine Barrels for 18 months with brettanomyces added.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 12-05-2006)
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Photo of Talisker
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like a clone of Russian River's Supplication.

750ml corked and caged bottle drunk in January 2008, a month or two after bottling. Pours into my Duvel tulip a deep richly reddish brown, with a sensational ultra-fine lace reminscent of Westy or other great Belgians.

Aroma is funky and tart, with some grape. Not much malt, not much yeast. Says up front that this is a Brett beer, and that's what it is. Taste is well integrated, but not altogether pleasant - tart and dry, lots of grape, some oak. The actual *beer* is a little hard to find underneath the other flavors. Not viscous, but the funky tartness dries out your mouth.

Gets better as it warms - definitely spend some time with this beer to get its full effect.

Amazing Grace is good but not great. Just a little too much of the "extra" - the funk, the grape, the oak - and not quite enough of what makes it a "beer" - malt, yeast, hops. Worth a taste if you're into the American wild beer styles.

Photo of scottfrie
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into snifter. Thanks for sharing, sleepyhead.

A: Pours dark amber with a thin head that quickly faded to collar.
S: Vinous and tart notes of cherries, dry oak, red wine, and earth.
T: Not as tart as the nose suggested. Flavors are definitely vinous, a bit cheesy, and lighty sour with fruit pith. I get a bit of buttery oak and fruit skins in the finish.
M: Thinner body, tingly but very low carbonation, greasy mouthfeel with a drying finish.
O: Very vinous and drying and a great drinking beer that’s not overly tart. Thanks again.

Photo of mattboyer182
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of alano
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a brilliantly clear amber body with a finger of off white head.

S: Tons of red wine aroma here. Behind the wine, I get quite a bit of sour cherry and plums. I also get a hint of acetic acid aroma and raisins.

T: Much more sour than I was expecting. Lots of sour cherry again upfront, but now there is some acetic acid to go with it. I get plum that adds to the fruitiness. Red wine is still there, but not as much as in the aroma.

M: On the thick side with low carbonation.

O: Not bad. Fairly complex with a nice sour cherry flavor and a nice sourness. I prefer my AWAs a bit cleaner, but this is certainly above average.

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of AndoBrew
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

* i liked it, would not buy it*

app: hazey, copper, brown. cloudy and yeast filled.

smell: sour. nice. malty small hops in the nose.

taste: nice balance, with the funk to beer ratio! jolly pumpkin learn somthin. nice malt, and hops, refreshing.

mf: fine, normal.

drinkable?: INDEED. but not chuggable.

Photo of HopHead84
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12/11/10

2010 batch on tap at the release.

A: Appears turbid rust brown with a very small off white head. Scattered lacing.

S: Aroma is of oak and prominent vinous notes with light vanilla interspersed. There's a buttery quality to the wine barrels. Dark fruits are reminiscent of cherry, plum, and grape. Lactic character is moderate.

T: Lightly tart, with subtle wet leather notes and a firm lactic dark fruit presence and a lower moderate sourness. Oak is evident, along with vinous, plum, and dark cherry notes. Finish slowly fades. No evident alcohol.

M: Upper medium body with really really low carbonation. This would be greatly improved with carbonation. Mouthfeel is slick, dry, and somewhat thin

Overall: An enjoyable wine barrel aged beer with subtle wild and sour notes.

Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Atlanta Ale meeting. Funky aroma and sour wineish taste with acidic finish.Or tart if you will Good lacing down the glass. One of the several more wierd experimental LA offings.Could be some Bret here, but what comes out is earthy like a so-so wine than a barrel-aged beer.

Photo of MiScusi
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap 9/8 at Port. I've had it two times previously but in small sample size. Beer pours a dark murky reddish brown. No head, no, carbonation is very very low. Compared to the non barrel aged Lost & Found (which I love), this one picked up a huge vinous character from the barrels. The alcohol really comes through in both taste and aroma. The raisins get toned down a lot and the wine-like potency takes over. Really needs to be sipped, but even at that rate it's not my favorite.

Photo of flannelman808
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Red ochre in color with a rather stark white head. Head has ok retention and good lacing.

S: Tart plumb and marasca cherry, funky spicy notes are swimming in there too.

T: There is a heavy brett influence on this one which sits on some medicinal notes and overripe cherry. This almost gives the suggestion of grapes suffering from botrytis.

M: Fairly sticky with medium body.

O: This is not a successful beer for me. The over dominating brett funky flavors outweigh most everything else. There is not enough acidity to battle the metallic sweaty sock.

Photo of JAXSON
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours rust brown with orange edges. Sour, acidic nose, light chocolate, typical tight Lost Abbey brett. Kevin compared this to Oer Faute -- "That's fucking interesting." Better than Veritas 003 (which is a mess at this age), much worse than Brouwers 09. Comaprable in quality to Sinners 09 but far less malty and oily. Really don't remember much of this otherwise. Sorry about this review, guys.

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of GClarkage
2.78/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

09/07/09- Generously sharded with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, corked and caged. I believe it's from 2007. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Darker brown-chestnut colored pour. Full brisk head, lightly foamy leaving good lace markings.

Smell- A bit of a sour note in the nose. A bit of sugary sweetness and caramel as well. Nothing really solid though.

Taste- Pretty damn sour. Is this supposed to contain brett? Caramel comes through, but really overshadowed by a sour acrid taste. Thinking this one has soured, even if it is supposed to be this way. Other odd flavors also incorperated...we drain poured it.

Mouthfeel- Sour acrid aftertaste..medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Drained it...I'm sure it wasn't supposed to be like this, but who knows.

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Amazing Grace Ale from The Lost Abbey
90 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.